Ooni makes shocking appearance at Aalafin’s 45th coronation
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, on Sunday made a shocking and unscheduled visit to Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Olayiwola Adeyemi at his palace while celebrating his 45th coronation anniversary on the throne.
Speaking at the thanksgiving service to commemorate the anniversary, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, though uninvited emphasized that he enthroned the seat of his forefathers to unify all Yoruba sons and daughters across the nation all over the world.
Oba Enitan in his quest to unite Yoruba nations said in his words, “I am here today though not invited but as the Arole Oduduwa, the onus is on me to felicitate with all sons and daughters wherever they are and to show my solidarity for any of them.
“I am ready to damn any consequences or insinuations from anywhere; my mission here is to preach peace among nations of Yoruba both home and abroad and I am ready to work with Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Olayiwola Adeyemi to project the unity and love which we believe is existing in days of our forefathers.”
Ooni of Ife, who was accompanied to the event by over 100 monarchs across all Yoruba land called for the support of all Obas in the Yoruba land.
“There will be unity in Nigeria and by extension there will be unity and peace all over the world. Oduduwa is father of all nations and his spirit abides by all us as the symbol of thie progenitor,” he added.
Earlier in his speech, Oba Olayiwola Adeyemi who expressed joy with the presence of Ooni and all Obas in yorubaland, maintained that if every monarch in the Yoruba unite , there would be a tremendous progress in Nigeria.
He said, “This special visit was done last in March 1937, that was the first time the kings in Yorubaland met in Oyo town and today history was made with the visit of Arole Oodua Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II and I feel delighted to host you and to reassure you that I will be ready to work with you.
“I have a tight relationship with Ooni Adesoji Aderemi and I did not want to relent my bound with any Ooni of Ife that assumed the post but everybody has his own little differences.”
Rt, Rev, Titus Ilori Omoniyi, the bishop of Oyo Diocese emphasized that the unity among Yoruba nation would bring progress and development and this will lead to unprecedented progress to all nations.
“Ooni has made an unforgettable visit in history of yorubaland and I laud your 11 points which centered on youth empowerment programmes and cultural drive and implore all obas to emulate the Arole Oodua, Enitan and drive away poverty and crime,” he said.
On his part, Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu said he was shocked with the unscheduled visit of Ooni of Ife, saying, “It is a great day for all Yoruba obas and all Yoruba nations.
“This phenomenon is epoch with the presence of all the royal dignitaries in attendance because I have never seen any event where this large number of obas were present at a time”.
Among royal fathers who accompanied Arole Oodua includes Orangun of Ila, Ajero of Ijero. Timi Of Ede, Akinrun of Ikinrun, Olu of Yewa, Alara of Aramoko, Oore of Otun, Alayemore of Efon Alaye among others.
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